Unsurprisingly, Jagdish Bhagwati is a sort of academic celebrity these days. In addition to the tag of being the most famous living economist to have never won a Nobel prize, Bhagwati has earned himself the credential of being an unabashed supporter of Narendra Modi. This was established beyond doubt when in January, earlier this year, … Continue reading Bhagwati’s ‘ab ki baar…’ politics
Several gems in this piece, as usual - The first major successful resistance to US hegemony was in 1949. That's when an event took place that, interestingly, is called "the loss of China". It's a very interesting phrase, never challenged. There was a lot of discussion about who is responsible for the loss of China. It … Continue reading Chomsky on "is America over"?
It is possible to make a difference to lives of people by sustained intervention at the grassroots. Keep in mind, the concept of big and small development - the big can take over the small, but don't wait for the positive big swell to take you over; and dont worry about the negative swell undoing all of your … Continue reading Lessons for the field
Lucknow University teachers have had enough! The Lucknow University Teachers' Association (LUTA) has decided to convene a meeting of its teaching staff to elect its five most corrupt members.Many teachers of the university have been accused of corruption in recent months. "Some indulged in dishonest practices during admission. Those in the finance department allegedly embezzled … Continue reading "Lets be democratic about this one…"
Please do not embarrass us is basically what the Ministry of Health seems to be trying to convey through the Roving Bandit.Those of us who work in the 'sector' are familiar with the liberties some people take in the name of being non-conformist or anti-establishment. In India, the 'kurta and jhola' are standard NGO-wallah symbols. … Continue reading Dress to kill
I am blogging about this only because a previous entry was sparked off by the movie 3 Idiots (3I). The row between Chetan Bhagat and the makers of 3I is too farcial to be true. In an interview to Rediff, this is what Hirani said: Chetan gave me this book to read and I wanted … Continue reading Idiots fool creator?
Saundra, writing the blog Good Intentions are not Enough has been tireless in challenging conventional notions of charitable giving. I absolutely love the title of the blog. Also the fact that the author argues for more responsible 'giving' - at both the individual and institutional levels. The blog highlights the importance of a well-thought out … Continue reading Responsible ‘giving’